It’s National Thrift Day. Here are 7 tips for branding high-end clothes

The average American throws away 60 to 80 pounds of used clothing in their lifetime. Add up all the people throwing away the stuff they’re tired of and we’re talking many lifetimes of polluting degradation in a landfill.

Nowadays, while the younger generations in particular are rethinking consumption, the thrift store or flea market attracts buyers who are not only aware of what they spend, but of the waste generated by their cupboards.

It is this examination of the consumption of clothing and accessories, not to mention furniture and household items, and the typical 50% savings that buying second-hand can yield, that encourages shoppers to waste less.

For Wednesday’s National Thrift Store Day, a calendar event that aims to draw attention to the often charitable ties of thrift stores, we’re reminded that well-planned expeditions to local thrift or thrift stores are a cost-effective and creative way to approach fashion and the home. goods.

Of course, that’s true for any shopping day of the year. And if physical sellers don’t give you enough inventory, online platforms ThredUp TDUP,
LetGo, or upscale thrift store The RealReal REAL,
are just a few of the popular names in the growing market that make it their business to extend the life of our possessions.

Is the dig still worth it? It’s a pretty simple argument: you’ll save money, help divert items from the waste stream, reduce your demand for new items, and sometimes support a local business or charity. Also think about the stores that will buy your clothes, or put them on consignment.

Especially for younger generations, the score of a self-proclaimed, landfill-friendly outfit is a badge of honor. In fact, the generation born between the years 1997 and 2012, called Gen Z, buys the most in thrift stores, indicates the online resale platform Thredup in a report.

The report shows that more than 40% of Gen Z consumers, and just above them, millennials, bought second-hand clothes, shoes or accessories in the year before the survey .

“Thrift seems emblematic of how Gen Z is straying from the beaten path,” said Refinery29 fashion market editor Eliza Huber.

“They want to be independent. They want to save the planet. They want to save money and make money. And they want to do it all in a cute outfit that costs less than $10,” she adds.

In addition, younger generations are less likely to keep their clothes for a long time. Gen Z is 165% more likely to consider the resale value of the clothes they buy before buying them than baby boomers. Gen Z are 83% more likely to “strongly agree” that owning clothes is only temporary and 33% more likely to resell their clothes.

ThredUp also sees a chance with a new support hotline to influence future fast fashion shoppers, those trend followers who regularly consume each season, to balance an obsession for social media-influenced fast shopping with thrift shopping, more tailoring and repairing, and creating a garde -fundamental dress with durable clasps.

Of course, making the most of a thrift store search to reduce frustration and avoid buying more than you bargained for is a learned practice. On this National Thrift Day, here’s what the pros are sharing:

  1. Consider consigning and selling your own inventory. It is always wise to edit before adding new ones. Some thrift and thrift stores will buy your goods at a listed price or sell them on consignment. Why not start your new hunt with cash in hand? At least donate, free up some space, then buy some “new”.
  2. Make a list, just like grocery shopping. Savings pitfalls can mean that an abundance of lower-cost choices means buying clothes, handbags and more just because they’re in front of you. Think about what you need and create a list and a budget. In fact, you could carry cash to avoid overcharging your budget. Sharing the roster and budget is also an easy way to get the store team to help you with your search, which can be essential for navigating the many racks and sometimes confusing mix of a second-hand store.
  3. Dress up to try on clothes – anywhere in the store. Several savings experts, including people at Le Bon Commerce, insist that second-hand shopping never means you don’t try before you buy. Many thrift stores do not allow returns. But some thrift stores have limited or no fitting rooms. Just in case, wear a form-fitting tank top and biker shorts or leggings to make trying on as easy as possible, even if it means changing in the middle of the store, advises Good Trade. For thrift stores that have fitting rooms, it also allows for quick and efficient changing.
  4. Master the scan. Good Trade has other great tips for avoiding bargain burnout. Finding gems in piles and shelves of clothes is actually a learned skill, and it can take time and practice, so don’t give up. Depending on the size of the thrift store, taking the time to look at each piece will take forever. To avoid wasting time without missing out on potential scores, you have to master the art of scanning, the merchant site advises. Depending on what you’re looking for and your favorite color palette and aesthetic, slowly browse the store and scan each shelf for pieces that jump out at you. Trust your instincts. And then carefully consider the size, quality, etc. It takes focus and it’s a skill you’ll develop over time.
  5. Make fashion friends. Shoppers can benefit from befriending thrift store staff, especially those who make buying decisions or who sell or stock displays. The staff can help you with your shopping and also give you insight into what new items they are planning to buy for the store, if they have anything back and what’s trending, the site says. . Choose to reuse.
  6. Get yourself a tailor and a cobbler. Even The MasterClass website has, you guessed it, a savings masterclass, and a tutorial to alter and mend your clothes. If you want to leave it to the professionals, finding a dry cleaner who does alterations, or more specifically, a tailor for clothes and a cobbler to mend and clean shoes, can mean tapping into thrift stores for products. high quality, durable, premium clothing at a discount, even if it doesn’t fit you perfectly.
  7. Navigating from the home of seemingly endless options. Some sites have a specific inventory, focusing for example on baby clothes or Halloween costume ideas. Knowing what a store is before you shop can save you some headaches. And the convenience of online second-hand shopping often cannot be surpassed. Just make sure you understand the return rules. The eco-consumer site GreenMatters shares its best second hand sites to buy and sell clothes and goods.

More Upcycler:

Try a home exchange. You’ll avoid Airbnb, hotel fees, and vacation like you’re a local.

Think twice before trading in your old smartphone or tablet – you could make more money by “upcycling” on resale sites

Editor’s note: The Upcycler column aims to help you do more with less, save or earn extra money, develop your creative side and reduce your carbon footprint.

Upcycling and the buy nothing movement imply reusing objects for practical or aesthetic purposes, or extend their usefulness and divert them from a landfill. Our column also explores the benefits of fixing or further improving what we already have; exploit free or deeply discounted goods and services that may be life changing; and travel in less expensive, intrusive and consuming ways.

Certainly, if we can “recycle” more of our time, income and peace of mind, everything could seem new.

Do you have your own recycling ideas or dilemmas? Contact us on Twitter @RachelKBeals or by email at [email protected]

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